BoB as a Bait in Adult Education
BoB as a Bait is Erasmus+ programme project that was officially started in Iceland on 22-23 of January. Adult educators from 7 different European have gathered together – Spain, Greece, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Iceland.
We should thank our host and coordinator – Hansina and her team who tried to create a cosy atmosphere so that all partner would feel good, create connections that would enable a smooth future work.
The aim of the meeting was not only to officially start the project, discuss activities, deadlines, meeting dares, but also to present work methods used with adult learners which have proved to be successful, involving, motivating. Also, we had a chance to present challenges and obstacles in our countries which hinder adults to use lifelong learning opportunities.
The project manager of our organisations presented good practice examples of the work with adults – project „INForEX“ methodology (www.inforexproject.eu), learning resources of the project „Museums Art & Alzheimer's (http://www.maaproject.eu/moodle/).
It‘s been a great start! For more information about the project, please follow us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/zispb.lt/
Arts and entrepreneurship – not so distant
Have you ever tried to speak about entrepreneurship using pieces of arts? No? We will try to do this in a new Erasmus+ project with partners from the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey. During the meeting in Šiauliai on 18-19 November we had it all planned for the next 2 yeras. We are ready to kick in!
We have also tried to reveal our artistic nature in the Chocolate museum making and tasting chocolates and P.Višinskis library making our own unique bookplate.
Meeting summer with a great conference!
The last day of spring was celebrated with a great conference at Šiauliai University library - "New formal and non-formal education methods: from school to the labour market".
The conference brought together different specialists – teachers, social workers, psychologists, social pedagogues, etc. We are glad that they found a theme relevant to them!
We have welcomed participants not only from Šiauliai region, but other cities as well.
The Vice-mayor of Šiauliai city Egidijus Elijošius opened the conference and stressed the importance of the theme. We are glad that he stayed with us throughout the conference!
The first presentation was delivered by VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras Project Manager on „Dragon Dreaming” method. She was also glad that the conference participants would have a possibility to participate in the workshop and test the method in practice. Attendees had a chance to see the movie about this method and participate in the discussion afterwards. More about the method which is a part of the 2 years Erasmus+ funded project you may find here - http://zispb.lt/projektai/vykdomi/dragon-dreaming
Project Manager Aurelija Jankienė presented innovative methods used by VšĮ Socialinių inovacijų centras for the social and labour integration of socially vulnerable society groups – youth, seniors, disabled, social risk families, migrants.
The social programmes coordinator from VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI presented Erasmus+ KA2 project “App Your School” (www.appyourschool.eu
) and the presentation “Digital Atelier – an innovation in (non)-formal education”. She not only presented the toolkit containing 15 Digital Ateliers, but also creatively included participants into digital survey.
The plenary session ended with the presentation by social programmes coordinator Agnė Raubaitė who presented the WISE model - Work Integration Social Enterprise being promoted within the project SEPAL (funded by EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment; http://www.projectsepal.com/
After the coffee break participants had a chance to participate in workshops. All in all we had 6 workshops:
1. “Digital Atelier No. 1 Emotions Decoded”
2. “Digital Atelier No. 2 Mission (im)possible?”
3. ““Dragon Dreaming” workshop”
4. ““Dragon Dreaming” movie”
5. “IPNA MAR - different kind of comics”
6. “Tools of mentoring for a successful career”
After the conference the participants were invited for a social dinner at “Žemaitis” restaurant.
We, as organisers of the conference, were pleased to hear that the event was interesting, involving and each participant could take something he / she will be able to use in his / her work.
Looking forward to meeting you all in our other events!
Conference „Emotions – How to Cope in Learning Environments“ in Denmark
On the 10th of April the final project EMOTION - Tools for Effective Management of Emotions for the Baltic-Nordic Consortium of Adult Trainers – conference was held in Copenhagen.
The aim of the conference – to introduce the main project result which was developed during the 2 years project by partners from Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Faroe Islands and Iceland – the handbook about how to react and deescalate the emotions of adult learners. Those emotions common in the learning environment are anger, sadness, fear, etc. and adult trainers need strategies to help learners to cope with them. Also, adult trainers need tools to help their learners and themselves as well. Our handbook is all about that.
We are glad to have been part of the event and want to share some moments from it.
International Know-how Exchange took place in Badalona (Spain)
On February 28th - March 1st, training experts from partner organizations in Badalona shared the features of social policy in their countries related to the integration of target groups into the labour market, social business opportunities, development of employment services, and examples of good practices.
Attendants prepared and explicated the concept of WISE (Work integration social enterprise), discussed the variety of recruitment services and the distribution of target group participants among partners in this project.
During the implementation of the project, the Human Resources Monitoring and Development Bureau (ZISPB) will provide services related to the integration into the labour market of the 24-29 year old unemployed and non-learning disabled, at-risk of poverty, Roma, asylum seekers, drop-out of school (NEETs) using the apprenticeship method. More about the project: http://www.zispb.lt/en/projects/ongoing/sepal
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Our new project SEPAL has been introduced to NGOs from Siauliai during Conference - Contact fair
On the 7th of December, we presented a new project of ZISPB - Supporting Employment Platform through Apprenticeship Learning - SEPAL. Representatives from NGOs, unifying disabled, ethnic minorities, working with families in crisis, the educational staff has been introduced to cooperation possibilities and we invited 24-29 years old youth from the target groups to attend in this project. We expect productive cooperation in extending the capacities of the employment of youth by applying vocational training (apprenticeship) method.
Project is funded by EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment
From November 28th till December 1st the fourth meeting of partners working with project Conscious Use of Natural Resources (CONATURE) 2017-1-CZ01-KA204-035591 took place.
During this meeting, partners were introduced with evaluation of trainees and training program that was organized in Italy. Also, a concept of a “Training guide” and Visualization of farmers registration platform were discussed. Next meeting is planned on 18-20 of February 2019 in London (UK) in order to discuss closing works of the project.
DRAGON DREAMING TRAINING IN SPAIN
From 5th till 16th of November in a sunny town of Ramales de la Victoria (Spain) a Dragon Dreaming workshop took place („Dreaming, designing, acting and celebrating Erasmus + projects“, 2017-2-PL01-KA205-039157). The workshop was led by Julia Ramos Puente and Dror Noy. Participants came from three different countries – Lithuania, Poland and Spain. The intensive course was dedicated to present the Dragon Dreaming method. The essence of this method – to give tools that help create a favourable work atmosphere which inspires generate ideas, create and manage projects.
The first day started with fun games that gave an opportunity for participants to meet and get to know each other. After a short coffee break participants were asked to split into four self-organized groups: „Time and Space“, „Harvesting“, „Body“ and „Celebrating“. These groups were responsible for organizing different activities. After lunch participants had an opportunity to visit the local town of Ramales de la Victoria. In the evening participants had to harvest their experience. Afterwards, the opening ceremony took place.
The second day began with a lecture about the Dragon Dreaming history, theory and methodology. After that, participants gathered around in a circle and were invited to share their dreams and expectations. Evening activities started with self-organized group work and reflection. After dinner “celebration group” organized a group activity for everybody.
The third day started with a check-in method that required to share night dreams, inner weather and „aha moments“. Later that day, participants were introduced with a deep listening method which is called – PINAKARI. This method helps to relax, find connection with nature and calm the “rational mind”. After that, Dragon Dreaming wheel was introduced. Dragon dreaming wheel includes – dreaming, planning, doing and celebration phases.
The fourth day was dedicated to visit a city by the sea – Santander. After some sightseeing and leisure time, a conference about Dragon Dreaming method took place.
As every morning, the fifth day started with a check-in. After that, participants were introduced with charismatic communication and leadership theory and practice. In order to connect with nature and practice self-observation method a vision quest was held in a forest surrounding. In the afternoon all participants worked in self-organized groups and later on a daily evaluation.
On the sixth day, after morning activities, participants had to split into three working groups. The aim was to work towards three different projects starting with a dreaming phase and finishing with a celebration phase.
On the seventh day, the work related to the projects continued, the ideas were reviewed and main objectives were distinguished. Then those objectives were systematically combined into bigger groups giving an opportunity to see the main objectives.
The eighth day started with an introduction of the KARABIRDT method. This method gave a perspective of how concrete tasks can be systematically seen by its importance and which tasks require the biggest attention.
The ninth and tenth days were dedicated to conclude, share experiences of the workshop, give insights and finally close the Dragon Dreaming workshop in a symbolic way.
The second learning mobility of the project "Conscious Use of Natural Resources - CONATURE" took place in Italy
On the 14-21st of October, 6 learners from Lithuania participated in Erasmus+ KA2 project's "Conscious Use of Natural Resources - CONATURE" (No. 2017-CZ01-KA204-035591) mobility in Italy. During the mobility, aimed at the protection of the natural, cultural heritage, and landscape, learners have been introduced to the landscape of the region Reggiano, the principles of farming, cultural heritage and gained knowledge about the use of the resources based on the preservation of nature. The region is exceptional for its gastronomic heritage undoubtedly influenced by the landscape. Throughout the learning course, participants had an opportunity to meet local farmers and manufacturers, to whom the main priority of the activity is the protection of the natural resources.
The factory of the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and the local farmer breeding the ancient breeds of cattle special for this cheese had been visited as well as the vegetable farm based on the technology of North America (USA, Canada), where the main objective is to grow as much as possible in the small area of the land. Moreover, participants visited the chestnut forest and got familiar with the traditional drying process - metato. During the mobility, learners were introduced to the winemaking process and vineyard cultivation techniques as well as traditional Balsamic vinegar production. From the first-hand experience, participants learned about the importance of the water in the mountainous and suffering from draught landscape and visited authentical ancient water-mills left until present days. Learners visited the biggest local food market - FICO and enjoyed the cultural-historical heritage in Modena.
We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this exceptional project and contribute to the conscious use of natural resources in Europe.
International cooperation for socially disadvantaged youth integration to the labor market begins!
12-14th of November, international project "Supporting Employment Platform through Apprenticeship Learning - SEPAL" No.2017-1-058, funded by EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment has been launched in Suceava, Romania. The aim of this project is to integrate 24-29 youth who belong to socially vulnerable groups and lack the abilities and skills to the labor market using apprenticeship learning method. During the implementation of this project, partners from Romania, Spain, Greece, and Poland will seek cooperation between the public and private sectors to enable youngsters with disabilities, Roma, migrants, low skilled and drop out of schools build capacities necessary for the labor market. We expect productive international cooperation and significant results in our country.
SUCCESSFUL PROJECT INFOREX CONFERENCE - „INNOVATIVE WAYS OF INCLUDING LOW QUALIFIED PERSONS INTO THE LABOUR MARKET“
On 21st of September VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras hosted an international final Erasmus+ Strategic partnerships project INforEX (www.inforexproject.eu) conference – „Innovative ways of including low qualified persons into the labour market“.
We are glad that the theme of the conference gathered together more than 100 participants who came from different cities in Lithuania – Vilnius, Tauragė, Kelmė, Kėdainiai, Rietavas, Joniškis, etc. The conference caught the interest of social workers, specialists from social services centres, labour exchange office, labour market training centres, university lecturers, etc.
10 presentations were delivered about different ways, measures or programmes to help low qualified persons integrate into the labour market. Also, a lot of attention was paid to sharing good practice examples about various programmes devoted to the social and work integration of ex-offenders.
Speakers also made presentations on the validation of competences acquired in non-formal education / training as well as the growing importance of social competences in present labour market.
A representative from Italy presented a social business operating in Pozzuoli women’s prison in Naples where women process coffee beans and have a chance not only to acquire work skills but also earn some money for their families outside.
A colleague from Spain spoke about social enterprises as an opportunity for young people to get employment and good practice examples in Madrid.
Presenters from United Kingdom and Poland delivered presentations about programmes offered for ex-offenders’ integration into the labour market. It is interesting that in some cases ex-offenders upon release become active participants in providing support for this target group – help to overcome addictions, consult on social and work issues, etc.
Representatives of Lithuanian organisations presented employment measures for low qualified persons, an international project for NEETs (24-29 years old) where young people will have an opportunity for on-the-job training for 6 months at a social enterprise, a regional ESF project for integration into the labour market for socially excluded persons and other innovative social and work integration methods used in Lithuania (for example, comics, career mentoring methodology, psychological and coaching methods of empowerment, etc.).
Conference presentations are available in Lithuanian and English on the project website http://inforexproject.eu/lt/english-outputs/english-conference/.
For more information about the project and the conference please contact Tel. No. +37067688421 (Mrs. Gintarė Černikienė).
Project INforEX – “Innovative ways of including low qualified ex offenders and ex prisoners to labour market”, Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships project No. 2016-1-LT01-KA204-023242, project duration 01/10/2016 – 30/09/2018.
Final project INforEX meeting
On 20th of September the project INforEX (“Innovative ways of including low qualified ex offenders and ex prisoners to labour market”, www.inforexproject.eu) partners from Poland, JK, Italy, Cyprus, Spain and Lithuania met in Šiauliai to present and sum up the project results, discuss the final report, documentation required, etc.
Each partner had a chance to present the training for employers (who employed offenders) and final beneficiaries (offenders, ex-offenders) for 3-5 months (or 320 hours), discuss the feedback received and suggestions for intellectual outputs improvement.
The local training was different in each participating country – with target groups involved (GINSO - young offenders, Lazzarelle – women offenders, etc.), different number of participants (due to the specifics of the target groups and drop-outs from the training, local situation, etc.), actors involved – EUROSUCCESS from Cyprus, for instance, managed to validate the programme on the national level, ZISPB from Lithuania tested the methodology not only with offenders, but also other low qualified persons in cooperation with Social Services Centre, also with the help of Šiauliai Chamber of Industry, Commerce and Arts approved the certificate issued for 22 inmates of Šiauliai Remand Prison.
On the whole, the project was successful and partners had a chance to discuss future plans to continue the work in other Erasmus+ projects.
Project INforEX presentation
On 17th of September VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras in cooperation with VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI which organised „NGO brunch“ presented its organisation and the project INforEX - “Innovative ways of including low qualified ex offenders and ex prisoners to labour market” for Šiauliai city NGOs representatives working with different vulnerable society groups – youth, elderly people, homeless people, families at risk, etc.
Representatives were also invited to the project conference on 21st of September to get acquainted with innovative methods used in different European countries to help integrate low-qualified vulnerable groups into the labour market.
More information about the project – www.inforexproject.eu
4th project EMOTION partners' meeting
On 22-23 of August project EMOTION - "Tools for Effective Management of Emotions for the Baltic-Nordic Consortium of Adult Trainers" - partners have met in Reykjavik to work on the handbook which will compose tools to help teachers, trainers in the difficult situations with their learners, participants related to emotional management. The created handbook will be presented in Iceland, Faroe Islands, Latvia and Lithuania in March 2019 and the project will end up with a big final conference in Denmark. More information on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/zispb.lt/
3rd project DRAGON DREAMING partners’ meeting in Lithuania
On 19-22 June ZISPB welcomed partners from Spain and Poland in their new premises (Tilžės g. 198).
On the 1st day there has been the exchange of good practices with other Lithuanian NGOs about raising entrepreneurial spirit of young people. The trainer from Spain Julia Ramos Puente also presented them the principles of Dragon Dreaming methodology.
After lunch and partners discussions a cultural visit to one of the most popular places in Šiauliai Region – The Hill of Crosses – was organised.
The next day ZISPB trainer presented organisation’s activities and chose to speak more about the work with troubled teenagers.
After lunch partners discussed “Dragon Dreaming” methodology movie which will be created during the project.
On Friday partners worked a little bit on the project matters and said goodbyes until the training in Spain in November.
INNOVATIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR ADULT EDUCATORS TO WORK WITH PERPETRATORS, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO SUFFERED FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The training programme has been prepared within the frames of NORDPLUS ADULT project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence”.
This training programme is designed for training organisers / tutors / who are going to train specialists to work with perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence.
The training programme might also be used by adult educators (psychologists, social workers, counsellors, etc.) who already have previous knowledge / education to work with parties involved in domestic violence.
In this training programme project partners have chosen to present training plans, materials which might be useful to train adult educators to work with:
• abusers / perpetrators who used violence in family / relationship environment;
• women / men who survived domestic violence;
• children who experienced or witnessed domestic violence.
Successful end of NORDPLUS ADULT project!
Project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence” is coming to an end. We have been working with partners from Sweden, Norway and Iceland for 2 years.
A lot of has been done during those two years – we have collected good practice examples of the work with perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence, prepared the training programme to help specialists who are starting their work with perpetrators or survivors gain some initial knowledge (materials may be found here: http://domesticviolence.zispb.lt/en/products/).
As a part of the project partners have also organized local training for social workers, psychologists, health care specialists, students, etc. They had several purposes: to share knowledge project partners learnt during the training in Lithuania, Sweden and Iceland and also to raise awareness of the issue.
On 14-15 of May we had a last project meeting in Steinkjer (Norway). We had an opportunity to discuss and evaluate our project results and say goodbye until the next projects.
3rd project EMOTION meeting in Tórshavn
Tórshavn – the capital of Faroe Islands. Where is that on the map? No, not somewhere close to Canary Islands or Mallorca. It is a group of islands between Scotland and Iceland.
This is the place where we had a third project EMOTION partners’ meeting. Our partners from “Dugni” organisation are working in order to strengthen the labour skills of socially vulnerable society groups, help drop-outs to return to education system and open up wider possibilities for their further education and inclusion into labour market.
Project partners’ meeting has held on 10-11 of April 2018 in different departments of “Dugni” so we had an opportunity to get to know organisation’s activity in depth.
During the meeting the biggest attention was again devoted to the creation of the handbook with tools for emotional management. The main themes of the handbook: emotions, their suppression and management, anger management and de-escalation techniques, negative emotions at work and self-help methods.
Partners were satisfied with productive work and having a free time – enjoyed magnificent views of the islands.
Next project meeting is planned on 22-23 of August in Reykjavik (Iceland) where we are planning to finalise the handbook and start putting everything into the final result.
Development of Work Skills in Šiauliai Remand Prison
On February 6 2018, we met with the representatives of Šiauliai Remand Prison to officially present the INforEX project, the training methodology and discuss the possibilities of its practical application in Šiauliai Remand Prison’s Economy Division. The methodology is aimed to help low-skilled individuals (primarily targeting former offenders) to acquire social and work skills at the workplace.
The meeting was attended by the Director of Šiauliai Remand prison Saulius Rajunčius, Deputy Director Darius Gaidamavičius, Head of Social Rehabilitation Department Raimondas Klimantavičius, Security and Maintenance Chief Almantas Pranckūnas, Chief Specialist of Economy Division Monika Klimišauskienė, Specialist of Social Rehabilitation Irma Bukantienė and Director of our organization Asta Jaseliūnienė and Project Manager Gintarė Černikienė.
We briefly introduced the project and the main principles of training, benefits for low qualified individuals. We are happy that the Director of the Remand Prison allowed us to introduce the methodology to detainees. We hope that after the introduction of methodology and training benefits to the participants, there will be willing to obtain a certificate of the work competencies acquired, which in the future after the served sentence will be added to their CV (curriculum vitae). We hope that this certificate (and most importantly, the acquired work experience) will contribute to increasing their chances of finding a job.
Meeting with the Representatives of the Labour Exchange: We Are Pursuing the Same Goals
On February 5 2018 VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras within the frames of the INforEX project (www.inforexproject.eu) met with Irena Vaikutienė, Head of Šiauliai Division of Šiauliai Territorial Labour Exchange, and Chief specialists. Experts discussed possibilities to test the methodology developed in the course of the project in practice. The methodology is designed to help low qualified individuals acquire social and work skills at the workplace.
We are pleased with the goodwill of the Labour Exchange Office to contribute to the implementation of pilot training with the target group. We will take part in job fairs where employers find potential employees. This is a great opportunity for us to reach a beneficiary and offer him / her to get a certificate of acquired work skills, which will be an excellent addition to the CV (curriculum vitae) when looking for another job in the future.
2nd Project „Dragon Dreaming“ Partners‘ Meeting in Poland
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras together with Active Women Association (Poland) and Permacultura Cantabria (Spain) implement Erasmus+ project „Dreaming, designing, acting and celebrating Erasmus+ projects (DRAGON DREAMING) (Proj. no. 2017-2-PL01-KA205-039157).
On 2-4 March 2018 project partners met in Sosnowiec (Poland) for participatory visit. On the first day of the meeting partners shared about their work with young people (volunteering, practical placement, projects, methodological support, etc.)
On the 2nd and 3rd day of the visit the Dragon Dreaming trainer from Spain Julia Ramos involved us into a completely different experience of developing project based on different stages – dreaming, planning, doing and celebrating. More about the methodology you can read here.
The next visit is planned at the end of June in Šiauliai, Lithuania.
2018 26 February - March 1, the office of Human Resources Monitoring and Development organized the second meeting of the partners of the meeting was attended by project Erasmus + K2 project "Conscious Use of Natural Resources" (CONATURE). The partners from the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Great Britain. The progress of the methodology preparation, the training program in Austria and the possibilities of using online platforms were discussed. We arranged further project work and plans of activities. You can find the project description here: http://zispb.lt/en/projects/ongoing/conature
DRAGON DREAMING – what is it about?
On 15-17 of November a first project “Dreaming, designing, acting and celebrating Erasmus+ projects” (DRAGON DREAMING) partner’s meeting was organised by Permacultura Cantabria organisation in Santander (Spain). The representatives from Active Women Association (Poland), Permacultura Cantabria (Spain) and ZISPB (Lithuania) have officially started the project.
Partners from Poland and we had the same question – what is “dragon dreaming”? Oscar and Daniela explained that it is the method widely used in Spain and the rest of the world to create projects. The method enables to discuss, develop a dream into the plan / project.
During the two days meeting partners have also updated the plan of activities, shared once again the responsibilities and agreed on the deadlines.
Partners are going to learn from each other and share best practices about the work with young people. We are glad that 6 employees from our organisation will be able to participate in the 10 days learning course in Spain (November 2018) and get acquainted with DRAGON DREAMING methodology.
The next visit in planned in Poland in February 2018 and we will welcome our partners in Šiauliai in June.
Project EMOTION – a promising partnership
NORDPLUS ADULT programme project EMOTION is gaining a momentum. With a wonderful beginning in August in Šiauliai (Lithuania), this time partners met in a beautiful old city in Latvia – Daugavpils. Project team has already prepared the first part of the handbook on emotional management.
The project idea and the main result are very important and relevant for partners from Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Latvia and, of course, Lithuania. Adult educators, teachers working in adult training centers and schools face difficult situations with emotionally vulnerable learners who unexpectedly might get angry or too sensitive, feel tensed or too passive, etc. Partners have decided to collect the examples of those cases and propose tools, ways to de-escalate negative emotions and improve communication between the educator and the learner(s) so that such situations could be avoided.
During the meeting in Latvia (2-3 November, 2017) partners planned further steps, suggested case studies to be used in the handbook. We have a lot of work to do but we are waiting excitedly for the moment when the handbook is prepared.
If the information presented here is relevant for you, we kindly invite you to contribute creating this handbook. Please fill in the following questionnaire about the difficult situations you have faced when working with adult learners:
INforEX - “Innovative ways of including low qualified ex offenders and ex prisoners to labour market”
INforEX is a European project funded by the Erasmus+ programme that aims to improve the employability of ex-offenders / ex-prisoners. Organisations from 6 countries (Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Cyprus) have joined into a consortium to contribute solving this issue.
INforEX partnership has developed an integrated on the job working methodology that would enable ex-offenders with low qualifications to gain necessary social and work skills that are necessary for the today’s employers.
The methodology on the training programme involves three parts – training providers, entrepreneurs and ex-offenders or ex-prisoners. The training providers act out as intermediary body between entrepreneurs and ex-offenders / ex-prisoners and trainers of both parties.
Due to the certain peculiarities of the target group (i.e. ex-offenders and ex-prisoners), the preparation of trainers was considered as necessary. For this reason, from 9 to 13 October 2017, GINSO (partners from Spain), with the collaboration and support of the consultancy K-veloce I+D+i (http://kveloce.com/) organized the "Train the Trainer" workshop at its headquarters in Madrid for project partners.
Specifically, a 40-hour workshop was prepared in which discussion groups, role-playings, cases study and video visualization were conducted in order to disseminate and transfer skills and expertise to the experts involved in the project, from all partner countries. The main topics discussed were:
“How to be an affective coach”
• The Characteristics of Effective Coaching
• Communication skills: how to communicate with ex-offenders
• Psychologic and social factors when you work with ex-offenders
• Some recommendations for working with low skills adults
“How to evaluate competencies and skills”
• The Competencies-Based training
• Labour competencies and skills for the employment
“How to develop a checklist for labour competencies”
• Setting up a checklist that useful for employers during the training assessment
Furthermore, to finish the productive and satisfactory event, a visit was made to the “Teresa de Calcuta” Children's Center, in order to advertise and learn about the model of training and job training conducted with juvenile offenders in the Community of Madrid, as a model of good practice.
Next project step – to deliver training for entrepreneurs locally (each partner – to involve 12 enterprises) to share knowledge gained in Madrid. Each entrepreneur will train at least 2 former offenders or prisoners. As a result, 144 ex-offenders will be trained a concrete job and given a certificate and reference letter to help them further in their way to the labour market.
The project involves six partner organizations from six European countries: VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras (Lithuania), Eurosuccess Consulting in cooperation with the Cyprus Prisons Department (Cyprus), CASCAID (UK), Lazzarelle Cooperativa Sociale a r.l. (Italy), Collegium Balticum (Poland) and Gestión para la Integración Social -GINSO (Spain).
INforEX - “Innovative ways of including low qualified ex offenders and ex prisoners to labour market” (Erasmus+ KA2 project No. 2016-1-LT01-KA204-023242)
Learning Event in Madrid
Presently our organisation is implementing 5 Eramus+, NORDPLUS programme projects. We are always glad when we can learn from more experienced partners or share our work methods.
Three employees from ZISPB participated in the learning event in Madrid on 9 – 13 October. GINSO organisation delivered the training within the project INforEX (www.infoexproject.eu). Project partners from UK, Cyprus, Poland and Italy also participated.
Our colleagues from Spain presented tools about the work with low-qualified persons – how to assess their needs and competences gained, psychological and social work aspects, difficulties employers may face working with ex-offenders and how we – as trainers – could help them. A detailed programme may be found here: http://inforexproject.eu/en/english-outputs/english-learning-event/
Next step is to organise the training for 12 employers who will later provide an opportunity for 24 low qualified persons to gain skills necessary for the contemporary labour market.
Project meeting in Iceland
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras together with partners from Norway, Sweden and Iceland are implementing project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence”.
Partners believe in the idea that in order to contribute to solving the problem of domestic violence it is necessary to work not only with survivors of domestic violence but also with perpetrators. Whereas specialists working with these groups need effective tools to help them.
Last week (13-15 September) partners met in a beautiful town named Ísafjörður. We were hosted by Solstafir. Partners have been discussing the preparation of the training programme, its structure, piloting.
Our organisation is planning to prepare a qualification development programme for social workers who very often are the first ones to observe problems in the family but they might not have proper knowledge to help them.
We are planning to have the programme finished in spring 2018. A group of social workers will be invited to test the created programme.
HOW TO MANAGE EMOTIONS?
The contemporary situation shows that the inability to manage emotions properly is a huge problem with negative consequences.
Every day media outlines the cases of violence against children, family members, relatives. The statistics is depressing – every 3rd women in Lithuania is abused, 42% of women in Iceland suffered physical or sexual violence.
Moreover, children are being bullied (Lithuania is in the 2nd place in Europe, Denmark – the 5th according the bullying rate). The specialists who have to work with target groups need effective tools to help their clients express negative emotions in a constructive manner and contribute to solving the most acute problems of society.
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių ir plėtros biuras (Lithuania) together with partners from Dugni (Faroe Islands), Mācību centrs plus (Latvia), Vestegnen HF & VUC (Denmark), RightNow ehf Research, Innovation and Skills (RRIS) have decided to prepare a handbook of tools for specialists working with adults having different problems – inability to manage anger, suppression of emotions, depression, etc.
On 23rd – 24th of August specialists discussed that the colleagues working in their organisations need knowledge, tools how to act in situations when during workshops, training or lessons a participant becomes aggressive or starts to cry. Specialists are working under stress and would also like to know about self-help methods.
The main themes of the handbook:
- Emotions, their suppression and management;
- Anger management and de-escalation techniques;
- Negative emotions at work and self-help methods.
It is planned to finish the handbook in October 2018, pilot it in 5 countries and present during the conference in Denmark in April 2019.
The project is funded by NORDPLUS ADULT programme.
NORDPLUS Partners meeting in Sweden
The project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence” has almost reached its mid-term and this time partners from Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Lithuania met in Skövde (Sweden). The meeting was held for 3 days. The first two days mainly were dedicated for the training and the last day – to agree on administrative things (timesheets, things that are still missing, updating website, etc.). On Tuesday (28 of March) we had a pleasure to participate in the training delivered by Ragnhild Åkerstedt about the work with children who have been exposed to domestic violence. She presented two methods that she uses. One was play therapy and the other was the staircase method. The staircase method is a treatment that reaches out over a long time. On 29th we had another interesting training on the work with immigrant children who are in the middle of two fires – the customs, traditions and beliefs of their parents and the modern society where they fled to from war. This issue is particularly relevant today when countries accept refugees from Syria and want to help families but have thousands of questions since it is a new challenge to our societies. Thus this training encompassed not only work with children and violence against them but also a different perspective – the work with immigrants. On 30th we have all agreed on the final structure of the Handbook for adult educators and also agreed what principle to follow while composing examples that we find useful and worth mentioning for others. We hope to prepare Good Practice Handbook at the beginning of June 2017. We will share it on our project and partners’ websites.
On February 16-18 Asta Jaseliūnienė and Gintarė Černikienė visited Kilkenny (Ireland). This was already a 4th project MA&A (Museums Art & Alzheimer’s) partners’ meeting hosted by Butler Galley at a wonderful Kilkenny castle.
Partners have worked intensely for 3 days to decide and agree on the main outputs of the project:
- online course about how to design and build museum programs for people with dementia with special attention to the caregivers;
- online guidelines dedicated to family and professional caregivers and museum educators, on how to communicate with people with dementia through art.
The following project meeting and dissemination conference for the created outputs are planned on May 25-27.
First project INforEX partners’ meeting in Naples
14-15 December, INforEX partners’ meeting was held in Naples, Italy. The representatives from CASCAiD (UK), GINSO (Spain), Lazzarelle (Italy), Collegium Balticum (Poland), ŽISPB (Lithuania) met in person to start officially the project, discuss the upcoming activities, plan the next steps.
The coordinators of the project paid a lot of attention to present the whole project, its changes and finances as well as administrative matters, redistribute some tasks among partners.
Partners from Cyprus during the videoconference presented the guidelines for the needs analysis and focus groups in order to have a solid basis for the creation of training and certification model.
Two days were spent productively and effectively. Next steps – to meet relevant stakeholders (representatives of vocational training centers, employers, labour exchange offices, etc.) and identify what skills are missing and in which direction INforEX project should turn in order to meet the needs of unqualified exoffenders and employers.
NEW QUALIFICATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME!
We are glad to inform you that our programme for social workers (16 academic hours) –
„Timeslips“ and other innovative methods in social work with elderly and demented persons has been approved!!!!!
On 29 June – 1 July the fifth project “DSH Positive Choices” international meeting and training was held in Romania by Institutul Bucovina (http://bucovinainstitute.org/).
We participated in the intensive training about how photography and pantomime technique may be used in the work with young people to help express their emotions.
Partners from Romania also presented their country and culture – we had an opportunity to visit a beautiful monastery, a museum and several social enterprises. Next project meeting is planned in October in Greece.
NEW QUALIFICATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME!
We are glad to inform you that our programme for social workers (8 academic hours) –
“SELF-HELP METHODS TO MANAGE EMOTIONAL STRESS AT SOCIAL WORK” has been approved!!!!!
NEW PROJECT GRANTED!
VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras was awarded the grant to work additionally with 20 people who would like / were ordered by the court to participate in the programme to change their violent behaviour.
The project implementation period is from 01/07/2016 until 31/12/2016
The project is financed by Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania.
NEW PROJECT GRANTED!
EU Member States, until relatively recently domestic violence (DV) was considered a private matter in which the state played only a limited role. It is only since the 1990s that violence against women has emerged as a fundamental rights concern. The effects of family violence are broad, impacting on the individual experiencing abuse, children who are exposed to the violence and the wider community. DV hurts deep inside and can leave permanent psychological and emotional scars, having huge impact on future life, functioning in society. Different strategies are created to tackle this problem. Services are created to help victims of DV, change behavioural patterns of perpetrators. Usually, those services are scattered and help provided for separate individuals. The background of our project is based on the belief that it is necessary to apply a holistic approach of helping all parties involved in domestic violence (DV) perpetrators (abusers) and victims of DV (women, children).
Our organisation together with partners from Iceland, Norway and Sweden prepared and was awarded NordPlus Adult 2016 grant to implement the project “Nordic-Baltic Collaboration in Creating Innovative Training Programme for Adult Educators To Work with Perpetrators, Women and Children who Suffered from Domestic Violence”.
The aim of the project is to develop 1) handbook of tools, methods and 2) innovative training programme for specialists working with perpetrators, victims of domestic violence (women, children) with the aim to promoting holistic approach of all parties involved in DV.
Other main results will be:
1. 3 international training for adult educators for experience exchange of working with perpetrators, victims of DV;
2. 12 local training workshops to transfer, multiply, evaluate the knowledge gained nation-wide for relevant stakeholders;
3. The competences and the work improved of 12 consortium members, 48 local training participants and 48 adult educators of pilot testing of the created programme.
The results of the project will be accessible on the project and partners’ websites, Handbook shared in each of the participating countries during local activities, training, the training programme accredited in at least one country.
1. Applicants and Coordinators - ŽISPB (Lithuania);
2. BIIA (Sweden);
3. Solstafir (Iceland);
4. Folkenuniversitetet (Norway).
Our organisation from 24 th to 27 th of May organised introductory training for social workers’ assistants.
Participants came from different Lithuanian towns – Akmenė, Josvainiai, Raseiniai, Kėdainiai, Strėvininkai and Telšiai. They were eager to gain some knowledge and new experience, performed practical tasks, also tasks related to acting, analysed the causes of problems and tried to find different possible solutions. Members shared with others with various conflict situations related to their work and tried to help each other, offer alternative ways for problems solution.
On the 21st of April, lector Asta Jaseliūnienė from VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras delivered practical training for social work specialists - "Problem Solving Using Forum Theatre Method" in Šeduva Care Home.
During the training participants have learnt how to solve problems in a creative way, worked on improving their communication skills, strengthening self-confidence, tried to get rid of communication fears. During the training all participants had certain roles, acted out various problem situations, tried to find out creative ways for solving problems. Employees working in Šeduva Care Home are devoted for their work, caring about their clients, understand the meaning of their work and have a wonderful director who unities the team, promotes team building so as to go forward altogether. Well done!
The 4th project “Positive Choices” partners’ meeting was organised in Aksaray on 11-15 of April.
We’ve done a great job! We participated in the practical training, received a lot of methodical material on working with young people who have difficulty in expressing their feelings and emotions. We had a wonderful lecturer who took his work seriously and not a minute was wasted – we’ve worked to the fullest! We who came from Lithuania, Greece, Romania and UK were so lucky – we have gained not only useful knowledge, practical advice on working with young people but also had an opportunity to visit some famous sightseeing places. We tried to see as much as we could. We visited places of interest in Kapadokya. We had a chance to go into caves and underground cities where people lived even until 1924. This experience left unforgettable memories!
Conference and Training in Florence
The 2nd project „Museums Arts and Alzheimer“ partner‘s meeting took place on 21-25 March in Florence (Italy). This time partners gathered for the Learning Event.
The agenda was intense – there were so many things to do!
On the first day partners discussed about the learning platform for museum educators who want to create programs for people living with dementia and the skills course for their carers.
Bairbre-Ann Harkin from Butler Gallery delivered a workshop on language related to disability and dementia.
On the second day of the learning event international conference “Making Art Accessible for People with Alzheimer’s and their Carers and Families” was held. The conference attracted about 200 people!
After the conference all participants went to the Marino Marini museum and participated in workshops conducted by partners from Germany, Italy, Ireland and Lithuania. It was valuable experience for all of us to see how the professionals of their field work.
On the third day we have tried out dance and movement therapy in the museum and created a common work from clay in Open Studio.
The last two days of the learning event were dedicated to the creation of the main outputs of the project.
1st project meeting of the Erasmus+ KA2 project A4A - Harnessing the Arts for Wellbeing in mental Health and Social Care (Art4Alz) The first project partners meeting was organised on 27-29 November in Duisburg (Germany).
The meeting was hosted in Wilhelm Lehmbruck museum (http://www.lehmbruckmuseum.de/?lang=en
) and we were really welcomed by art educator Sybille. The project consortium consists of organisations coming from Italy, Lithuania, Germany and Ireland.
On the 1st day of the meeting partners were introduced with the main rules of project management. In the evening partners had a possibility to visit Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (http://www.landschaftspark.de/der-park
) which attracts more than 1 million visitors every year.
During the 2nd and 3rd day of the meetings partners discussed about project activities implementation, meeting dates, inclusion of people with dementia and their carers, family members, and the improvement of communication between them with the help of arts.
On 27-29th of October the 2nd project “DSH Positive Choices” partners’ meeting was organized in Šiauliai. Our organization welcomed partners from Greece, Romania, United Kingdom and Turkey.
During the first two days partners participated in the training conducted by our trainers Indrė Katauskienė, Justina Kiudytė, Viktorija Paškauskaitė and Gerda Žymantaitė. Youth workers were introduced with forum theatre and its techniques (invisible, image, newspaper theatre, etc.). Upon returning to their countries partners will pass the knowledge to other youth workers and youngsters who have troubles in expressing emotions (alexithymia).
On the 3rd day of partners’ visit the administrative meeting was held. Partners presented activities after the training in Plymouth (the material and knowledge received was conveyed, disseminated to youth workers in each of the participating country), also the date of next meeting in Athens was set.
The last meeting of the Project “Competent To Do” in Liubliana (Slovenia).
On 3-4 September social programmes coordinator Gintarė Černikienė participated in the last meeting of the Project “Competent To Do” in Liubliana (Slovenia). The meeting was hosted by project coordinators CDI Univerzum. Partners summarized all work packages, discussed what still has to be done until the official end of the project at the end of October. The greatest attention was paid to the development of final project product – Handbook for tutors of female prisoners and ex-offenders and how to ensure that it will be exploited. There’s a still lot of work to be done!
More information about the project www.competenttodo.com or Facebook.